Mollie Stonelake Flag Bearer
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Little Standard Bearer To Carry Remembrance Flag

A seven-year-old girl is carrying a specially-made miniature flag of remembrance

Mollie Stonelake Flag Bearer
Mollie Stonelake holds full size flag from the Torpoint & District Branch of the Royal British Legion alongside branch chairman Colin Prideaux (Credit: PA)

A seven-year-old girl is to carry the flag of remembrance for a new generation, thanks to a specially-made miniature standard.

Mollie Stonelake will be taking part in a service on Sunday in her home town of Torpoint in Cornwall.

Her parents, Mark and Donna Stonelake, have both served in the British military.

34-year-old Mark served as a gunner in 29 Commando Regiment, Royal Artillery, when he suffered serious injuries in an IED blast in 2008. He had his leg amputated.

Mollie's mother, Donna who is 32, is a former Royal Navy Able Rating and served on HMS Montrose as a Communicator.

Mollie is a pupil at Torpoint Nursery and Infant School, where children take it in turns to carry the miniature standard at local remembrance-themed events.

They carry a third-sized standard bearing the name MKC Heroes, referring to the Military Kids Club organisation that supports the children of servicemen and women and their relatives.

The standard, also featuring the name of the school, comes with a set of small white gauntlet gloves.

Mum Donna said:

" She is quite quiet so it is nice to see her doing a front role. There is a lot of pride when we see her.

"She has grown up with it. She will ask us 'what forces were you in' and we will say 'Navy and Army'. We always go to the Remembrance service."

Mollie has carried the standard a number of times, including last Remembrance and in May during a ceremony to rededicate the Royal British Legion's Torpoint & District Branch's full-size standard.

Pupils also taking part in the school's Forces Friends group have held the standard during civic parades and even took it to the Naval War Memorial on Plymouth Hoe.

Colin Prideaux, branch chairman of Royal British Legion's Torpoint & District Branch, said:

"They are our future - literally our future.

"It is absolutely fantastic when you see them. Their enthusiasm is unbelievable. The First World War generation made sacrifices for everyone, the new generation and the old."

Mr Prideaux, 74, served as a captain in the King's Shropshire Light Infantry in the 1960s and 1970s.

Susanne Archard, the Royal British Legion's area manager for Devon and Cornwall said:

 "It's fantastic that in this centenary year Remembrance is being embraced by people of all ages, across the nation.

"We hope that others, both old and young, will follow in Mollie's footsteps and take a moment to reflect and say thank you to all those who have sacrificed in service of our country."